Graffiti vandal leaves 'Krab' tag on properties

This Is Wiltshire: Heather Tunbridge with some of the graffiti Heather Tunbridge with some of the graffiti

A NEW tag has sprung up in the Stratton area as a number of scrawlings in black spray paint have been found on public and private property.

During recent days the distinctive KRAB or CRAB tag has been found on phone boxes, street signs and walls to private property. The markings have been found primarily in two areas, around Hathaway Road and the section of Ermin Street that runs through Stratton.

The tag is a relatively new marking for the police in the area, who are concerned at the quantity of graffiti found in the area over the past week.

Most of the vandalism has now been professionally cleaned and removed by officers from Swindon Council, but other instances have since been found in the area.

Barbara Enwright, 86, of Hathaway Road, had paint daubed on the bus stop outside her house.

“It is not something that happens very often, especially round here,” she said. “It has all happened quite recently, around the last week. There was a great big scribble on the bus stop window, and it looks like it has all been done by the same person.

“The one outside mine was cleaned off yesterday. I think I have seen something similar before, but things like this always happen. It can be a bit of a nuisance here, but while you get a few boys and girls messing about they are not all the same.”

Heather Tunbridge, 51, of Hathaway Road, had spied a scrawl on a cable box outside her house.

“It has all been done by the same person,” she said. “I have been here for 20 years and never known anything like this done before.

“There are no teenagers round here who would do something like this, so I think they will have come down here from elsewhere. A lot of it has been cleaned off but it looks like they have come back. It is not right really, and it’s not like this area.

“It is a very quiet area usually, but we do get kids coming round every now and then causing hassle.

“Some of the statues in the park across the road all got broken a while ago when they came down and wrote all over them.”

Police are appealing for any information in connection with the vandalism.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “The tag is either KRAB or CRAB and has recently been spray painted in the Hathaway Road and Ermin Street area. We have had all the graffiti cleaned by Swindon Council, but would like to know the identity of the offender.”

If anyone has any information on the identity of the offender, or have seen the markings in any other areas, contact Wiltshire Police on non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 47671.

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8:32am Wed 18 Jun 14

Tonyblairisthedevil says...

i think Krab must reflect the size of this persons brain. Personally i would find where they lived and get everyone to spray paint their entire house inside and out with appropriate comments.
i think Krab must reflect the size of this persons brain. Personally i would find where they lived and get everyone to spray paint their entire house inside and out with appropriate comments. Tonyblairisthedevil
  • Score: 13

8:49am Wed 18 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Another moron who needs stopping is one who tags arow. His mindless scrawl is everywhere now. A banksy he ain't.It's just ugly talentless vandalism
Another moron who needs stopping is one who tags arow. His mindless scrawl is everywhere now. A banksy he ain't.It's just ugly talentless vandalism Davey Gravey
  • Score: 0

10:10am Wed 18 Jun 14

33mummyof2 says...

We have the krab tags around by us in Old Walcot too. The Mindless idiot needs catching and made to clean it all up.
We have the krab tags around by us in Old Walcot too. The Mindless idiot needs catching and made to clean it all up. 33mummyof2
  • Score: 9

11:12am Wed 18 Jun 14

Alex English says...

He seems to have replaced the 'no' with 'ra' in his tag name.
He seems to have replaced the 'no' with 'ra' in his tag name. Alex English
  • Score: 13

12:50pm Wed 18 Jun 14

SlantedView says...

Tonyblairisthedevil wrote:
i think Krab must reflect the size of this persons brain. Personally i would find where they lived and get everyone to spray paint their entire house inside and out with appropriate comments.
I think his STD had more of an effect on him than he cared to admit!

I often walk my dog around the lawns and you can't go far these days without seeing Krab or Arrow/Arow. Saw a youngish guy with hood up taking pics of a new Krab tag but he soon disappeared when we saw me. If it was him.. he needs to change his name to Rat which he far more resembled.

How nice would it be to find out where they live?!
[quote][p][bold]Tonyblairisthedevil[/bold] wrote: i think Krab must reflect the size of this persons brain. Personally i would find where they lived and get everyone to spray paint their entire house inside and out with appropriate comments.[/p][/quote]I think his STD had more of an effect on him than he cared to admit! I often walk my dog around the lawns and you can't go far these days without seeing Krab or Arrow/Arow. Saw a youngish guy with hood up taking pics of a new Krab tag but he soon disappeared when we saw me. If it was him.. he needs to change his name to Rat which he far more resembled. How nice would it be to find out where they live?! SlantedView
  • Score: 8

2:20pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Someone knows who these tagging cretins are. I'm sure their so called mates would grass them up if a reward was on offer. When caught before removing their hands make them clean every bit if their crap spraying.
Someone knows who these tagging cretins are. I'm sure their so called mates would grass them up if a reward was on offer. When caught before removing their hands make them clean every bit if their crap spraying. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 1

2:56pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Jeff Lazorenko says...

Raggamuffins the lot of em
Raggamuffins the lot of em Jeff Lazorenko
  • Score: 3

3:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Mukkin says...

Giving the tag the publicity is just what the idiot wants, keep quiet, let him feel invincible, catch him and ram the can up his.....oh I can't say that :-D
Giving the tag the publicity is just what the idiot wants, keep quiet, let him feel invincible, catch him and ram the can up his.....oh I can't say that :-D Mukkin
  • Score: 6

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